Covina Argus from Covina, California on January 3, 1909 · Page 7
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 7

Covina, California
Issue Date:
Sunday, January 3, 1909
Page 7
Start Free Trial

Fearless "Billy the Kid," Who Reveled In Carnage. ONLY A BOY, YET A TERROR. . This Youthful Desperado of the Southwestern Territories Was but Twen- . tyona When He Met'Death at the Hands of Sheriff Pat Garrett. When General Lew Wallace was governor of New Mexico nud the war that raged for several years between the rival cnttle companies was at Its h.'-Utit "Hilly the Kid" had reached H.<! llood </f his murderous career. He arrived In Lincoln county to take sides in tho (.-attic warfare, known and feared in every rnnge town and mln- ir.'j; camp In the southwestern terrl- tcrk's. Pure wanton love of carnage was all that attracted him to Lincoln county. With the band of desperadoes he led lie raided ranches, "shot up" towns, killed, burned houses and committed •outrage after outrage with the blind recklessness of a maniac. Pear was extinct within him. He cared no more for detachments of cavalry than he did for cowering sheriffs. Affairs In New Mexico finally camo to such a pass that half the cattlemen paid the youthful desperado tribute. It was only after Pat V. Garrett was made sheriff of Lincoln county and the author of "Ben-I-Iur" (General Wal• 'lace) urged that fearless gun fighter and gambler to capture Billy the Kid that a determined effort was mado to end his reign of terror. The obstacles that Garrett had to encounter called for all his headlong energy and nerve. Billy had the entire countryside In a state of abject terror; friends were ready to give him timely warning of pursuit; ranchmen dared not deny him lodgment or concealment. Pat Garrett undertook the capture in October, 1880, and on Dec. 20 he surrounded the Kid and his band In a deserted house near Stinking Springs. After a siege lasting most of the day the outlaws' ammunition was exhausted. Billy the Kid surrendered. He and his four followers, surrounded by a great force of armed men, were taken to Las Vegas and thence to Santa Fe for safe keeping. An array of indictments charging murder confronted htm. He was tried on one indictment and acquitted, then tried on another and convicted. He carried himself throughout with sneer- Ing defiance. After he had been sen- -•tenced to hang Garrett took him to Fort Stanton, near Lincoln. Two deputies armed with Winchesters were as- .slgned to guard him in the temporary Jail in the Murphy & Dolan store building. In some mysterious fashion the Kid possessed himself of a revolver, shot down his guards, seized their weapons and appeared at the window. When another guard appeared the prisoner riddled his body with buckshot. Then he called to an old man on the plaza to bring him a file. Filing off one of his shackles, he called for a horse. One was brought, and he escaped. For nearly three months after that Billy the Kid led a fugitive life. Garrett dogged him patiently and finally got wind of his hiding place—the ranch of Peter Maxwell, near Fort Sumner. It was nearly midnight when Garrett and two deputies quietly approached the Maxwell hacienda. Garrett crept into tho room where Maxwell was sleeping. Softly awakening the sleeper, he questioned him concerning the whereabouts of the Kid. At that moment the hunted youth sprang Into the room, calling out In Spanish, "Qulen va?" ("Who co.nen there?") It was Billy. He was unarmed, and as he reached for his riflo Garrett shot him. The body of William Bonuey (Billy the Kid) was buried In the military cemetery at Fort Stanton July 15, 1881. Ilia age at the time of his death was twenty-one years seven months. There his body Is today, th ; ugh In later years a corpse was exhibited throughout the west as that of the famous young outlaw.—Harper's Weekly. None Left Alive. "An orator," Bald one of our states men, "was addressing an assemblage of the people. He recounted the peo pie's wrongs. Then he passionately cried: '"Where are America's great men? Why don't they take up the cudgel In our defense? In the face of our manifold wrongs why do they remain cold, Immovable, silent?' " 'Because they're all cast in bronze!" shouted a cynic In the rear." GOOD HORSEMANSHIP. An Old Hunter's Illustration of th* Gift of "Hands." Tour heirt. ami your head keep up, Your hands ami your knees Ueop down, Your l<noos keep close to your botye's sides And your elbowa to your own. This old bit of advice for the would be horseman is quoted by a wrltor in Bnlly's Magazine find declared to bo perennially sound. He quotes another old hunter on the subject of what be calls "the diviue gift of bands" in riding. This old hunter, John Dnrby, used to attach two pieces of twine to the back of an ordinary chair and draw the same tighter until the chair balanced on its fore or hind legs, according to bis own position. Then when balanced he would keep it, so to speak, on the swing by gently manipulating the twine or reins he held In hia hand. A rough pull would, of course, have upset the chair one way, whereas the fact of not checking it In Its movements at all would have caused a total loss of control over it in the opposite direction. "And that," when the exhibition was concluded he would add, "Is hands, gentlemen." Jogging to the covert, continues the writer, you may notice one flue horse, the owner fully equipped, throwing Its head up and down like a pump handle, another sweating profusely, although the pace has not exceeded five miles an hour since it left the stable, and a third" snorting and prancing about all over the place. Why Is this so? Simply because the rider of neither of them Is possessed with the divine gift of "hands." THE BEE'S STING. An Ugly Weapon Something Like a Three Bladed Sword. The bee's sting is made up of three separate lances, each with a barbed edge and each capable of being thrust forward independently of the others. The central and broader lnno<> has a hollow faco furnished at each side with a rail or beading, which runs Its whole length. On the back of each of the other two lances there is a longitudinal groove, and into these grooves fit the raised headings of the central lancet. Thus the sting is like a sword with three blades—united, but sliding upon one another—the barbed points of which continue to advance alternately Into the wound, going ever deeper and deeper of their own malice aforethought after the initial thrust la made. It Is a device of war compared to which the explosive bullet Is but a clumsy brutality. Yet this is not all. To make its death dealing powers doubly sure this thorough minded ama- zon must fill the haft of her triple blade with a subtle poison and so contrive its sliding mechanism that the same impulse which drives the points successively forward drenches the whole weapon with a fatal juice.— From "The Lore of the I'lonoy T5e«," by Tickner Edwardcs. The Weather House. A very Ingenious contrivance for foretelling the weather Is the old fashioned "weather house," largely mado in Switzerland. It is arranged in such a way that two figures act in response to the twisting of a piece of catgut. The material, supported by a wire, controls the movements of a little platform on either end of which Is placed a model. Excessive moisture in the air causes the catgut to twist and turn the platform round, so that the man emerges from one of the doors in the front of the lie verse conditions of the atmosphere bring about the contraction of the catgut, and the platform swings buck, thus bringing the figure of the woman Into prominence' at her particular door. The making of a weather house la quite an easy mutter. "Spoken English Very Good." From an advertiKement of a Danish hotel: "The hotels charmingly situation, surrounded of a garden the good cuisine, the kindly acfommodii- tlon with moderate charge and good conveyances, with tuny occasion for salmon and trout fishing, the ascending of the Kurroniidiiig inouiitaliin lias done this place well-known and praised of all truvc-llurH. N. 15.—The landlord Is spoken English very good."- Lahore Civil and Military (.iu/.i-tte. Bucolic Humor. "Hiram, why don't you speak to that city gal out there a-sittln' on the grass with her back up agin your 'No Trespassing' sign'/" "Mandy, that young woman la beneath my notice."—Boston Transcript. But Not the "One." Mrs. noylo-My husband had §100,000 when I married him. Mrs. n-.iyl(j— How much has IK; now? Mrs. Hoyle— Oh, he has most of the ciphers left!-Bohemian. A Riot of Color. From the land of the Moros a soldier writes: "A Mora matron passed our quarters this morning wearing a heliotrope Jacket, purple trousers with large heart designs worked In yellow, hi no and pink embroidery, a red and black sarong, yellow plush slippers and yellow fcllk mantilla. The lady's maid (old), hi modest garb, walked behind, carrying a imi^enta parasol." No man can !)(• jir jvldent of hLs time whu is not prudfi.t in i;ie '-hol'-e of tils company.--Jeremy Taylor. Hobson's Choice. "There Is an t-gg for breakfast," remarked a landlady to her lodger. "Which do you prefer?" "Prefer?" repeated the latter. "Win TC'H the preference when you only offer an egg?" "Why, yi.-u fan have an <•%% or- nothiir.;'.' uus the Hharp reply.—London .Si raps. No Fun. J"'.-:!c-r <)f course I expect p.'iy for th'-i.i. Vou don't suppose 1 write- these- things for fun. do yon? Kditor (handing bad: the hati h of paragraphs)— W.-il. If you did, you fulled dt*»- mujly. Illustrated Hits. COVIINA FINE SHOE REPAIRING ___ ^ 'p _ REASONABLE PRICES Citrus Avenue JUST RECEIVED A new and up-to-date supply of Cards and Folders for your photos. Special prices during September. C. W . Tucker's Studio KODAKS AND SUPPLIES Covina, Cal. A. J. ROOKS General All kinds of general and heavy Blacksmithinp.' We manufacture Ridpers, Orange Racks and Box Presses Horseshoeing a Specialty Nome Phone IOQ? Shop West Badillo St, Csvinci Call and See Us If you need anything- in • the HARNESS line and we will give the best goods at the lowest price. Satisfaction guaranteed. Covina Harness «Sc Saddlery Co. Phone Home 1170 ....... - SUCCESSFUL ^ bliwu tu -< POULTRY RAISERS USE Los Angeles Incubators EVERYTHING IN EE'S EGO MAKER POULTRY SUPPLIES Acme Roup Cure— SOc Postpaid HENRY ALDERS CO. 5.1-1 S. MAIN ST. U)S ANdl-M-S 614 South Grand Avenue, Lo» Angelei, California. Tho greatest business training inttilution in tho south. Opon during the entire yenr Wrlto for particulars. j. w. LACKEV. Mnniurer Clarence Allison Plans furnished for all kinds of buildings. Building Contractor COVINA, CAL. J. W. Proprietor of the COVINA LIVERY STABLES Home Phone 30. Covina, Cal. Your Winter Trip East '^SfiS "•-^>5SS«r—TC,', :\ *tiii> Hay, drain, Cereals and Fuel WHOLESALE AND RKTAIL Delivery to Every Part of the Valley SAN GABRIEL VALLEY MILLING COMPANY Home Phone 10 COVINA, OAF,. CITY LIVERY STABLES C. F. SMITH, Prop. W. Badillo St.,* on the new electric line. COVINA, Barn Phone 240 Kes. Phone 1.98 COVINA MEAT MARKET .1. F. KENDALL, Prop. Ordcrw liilccn mid dclivorlcM made daily. Orders In town will receive prompt atlcntlon. Fresh and Tender Beef, Mutton, Pork, Etc. Home Plionu 3f> K. L. JACKSON Plumbing and Tinning Repair work promptly attended to. Agent for solar healers. Work Guaranteed First-Class Store Rooms West Hadillo Street Residence Phone .SO COVINA, CAL. SIIOULp UK VIA The Sunset Route OF TIIK Southern Pacific OR VIA NEW ORLEANS TO Washington X Chicago X Cincinnati IN THROUGH TOURIST SLEEPERS RICK—COTTON SCO A RCA NK MOSS COVKRKD UVK OAKS "KINK-IIKAUKD PICKAXINNKS" liALMY UKKK/KS TJIKOL'GH TIIK DKKAMY SOUTH [). 15. SCHKNCK, Agent, Covina Phone )H G. L. TRAVIS, Comni' r.ia! Ageni, Pomona SOUTHERN PACIFIC Trees Trees Trees ORANGE AND LEMON TREES IN VARIETY Walnuts, Umbrellas, Loquats. Palms and Grape Vines Sixteen years in the business and less than ten trees not true to name. Prices always right. Satisfaction guaranteed. W. Q. HALL (iLKNDOKA, ('Af/. Before you let any contract for the FUMIGATION of Your Orchards think of the importance' of careful, intelligent work, and consult the STOWELL FUMIGATING COMPANY Oldest firm in the htate, having tin- largest outfit of tents for every si/,e tree. We exterminate red, purple and black scale. Satisfaction guaranteed. Prices reasonable. Phone ]'>'> Covina Phone 177 Charier Oak $5000 TO LOAN in num» til v,OO.MMip on <:lc;tr improvd fal t-Mati: at 7 jn-r i-fiit up for on<: to * yi-ar •> pr i vilcj/c to pa y -'.oo.ij'i at anv iiitcr<->l |<ayin,', date or all al. any tinii: witliou; lioiini. I h'.iy (ru-.t ilc-'-il-, m</i l^aj;'- . aii'l ra< U for <lri:cl,-,. At HK Kiist I'ucntc St. <:x':'-|jl MOIM!,I y • and Thin ,'iay.-,. I'liom- \'l\. nSCAK MIIJ.KK. O I T Ft U S TREES Ua, Xur«-k;»'/un, Iju'l.j Hvlwtmi tunn i -li'/io: hi-uriim ticcw Hwt«t »ml »«ur ilfO ItTOOK. l'al//i/. cmf/phom, uru<:ui», roncn, utr. Wiitu t"t imcuti .... tOUVHLAIIU MUR9CKICS, V. H !n«l^w, 1'ropr.. K K. I). No. I. t>*»mdunm. Oml.

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free